WHL reduces games
League cites travel, balanced schedule, academics for change
Starting next season, Western Hockey League teams will reduce their schedules from 72 to 68 regular season games.
The league made the announcement Thursday after its board of governors finalized the change on Wednesday.
“By reducing our WHL Regular Season schedule, I believe this further demonstrates our WHL club commitment to providing our players with the best possible environment to develop, both as hockey players and student athletes,” league commissioner Ron Robison said.
Teams in the junior hockey league have played 72-game regular seasons since the 1975-76 season.
The league cited travel reduction, balancing schedules and boosting players’ training and academics as reasons for the change.
Teams in the Ontario Hockey League and the Quebec Major Junior Hockey League, both of which fall under the Canadian Hockey League with the WHL, already play 68-game regular seasons.